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post #31 of 59
we heard all kinds of horrible things about de clawing when we got our kitty declawed. Don't believe any of it. The only thing that was suggested was that we add newspaper to her litter to make it softer in the beginning. Clarise didn't mind the litter the way it was so we didn't do it. Enjoy and love your kitty. when she comes home give her an extra amount of TLC mostly Love
post #32 of 59
I never knew what was involved in declawing until several years after I had my cat declawed. I was reluctant to do it, but unfortuneatly decided to do it eventually. I will definitely never have another cat declawed. I didn't notice any personality changes in my cat, she is still as sweet, although she is less social with people she doesn't know. She will use her litterbox, but also pees on the carpet sometimes. I always thought this was because we tried to add another cat to the family--this behavior only started at that point. Now I am not so sure. Isn't there any way we can work to get this outlawed here in the US? Does the ASPCA have any petitions or anything we can start or continue via email or other ways?
post #33 of 59
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Originally posted by kathy70005
we heard all kinds of horrible things about de clawing when we got our kitty declawed. Don't believe any of it. The only thing that was suggested was that we add newspaper to her litter to make it softer in the beginning. Clarise didn't mind the litter the way it was so we didn't do it. Enjoy and love your kitty. when she comes home give her an extra amount of TLC mostly Love
DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF IT? Dear Lady, facts are facts; this is not some hypothetical situation we are discussing. While I respect your opinion whether I agree or not is one thing; to tell some one not to believe what they hear which is true is ignorant at best and asinine to take it a step farther. If surgically removing bones in guillotine fashion is your answer to clipping nails, what is your method of bathing; drowning? My apologies to the group for this outburst; ignorance I can tolerate, stupidity I cannot.

Pete
post #34 of 59
Pete:

No apology necessary. Everything you said is more than true. People have to realize how bad declawing is. Maybe some cats do not have behavioral issues but that does not mean that the cat has not been mutilated! It should be out-lawed but unfortunately too many doctors do it for the money


Michele
post #35 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by michelerad
Pete:

No apology necessary. Everything you said is more than true. People have to realize how bad declawing is. Maybe some cats do not have behavioral issues but that does not mean that the cat has not been mutilated! It should be out-lawed but unfortunately too many doctors do it for the money


Michele
Michele,
Thanks. There are countries where it IS illegal; perhaps someday we will catch up with them.

Pete
post #36 of 59
Pete:

What we need to do is keep educating people. Most people will not declaw once they know what is really happening. The problem is doctors don't let people know, they make people think it is routine. Maybe someday.......

Michele
post #37 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by michelerad
Pete:

What we need to do is keep educating people. Most people will not declaw once they know what is really happening. The problem is doctors don't let people know, they make people think it is routine. Maybe someday.......

Michele
Yeah, routine for the Vet and a nice bill to pay for short work; problem is the cat lives with the results for the rest of it's life. The only way I can explain it to people is to tell them to imagine cutting off your fingers at the first joint behind the nail; it's the same thing. I know cat's can do some serious damage with their nails but there are so many other solutions! The problem is that this solution is a one time effort on the part of the owner and that's it; everything else takes some effort and most are too damn lazy or cheap to extend themselves. I could go off on a rant about those who own pets but don't care for them properly and run half the group off or get bounced myself as I am not kind when it comes to people who get a pet and then won't Vet it because "Vet's are too expensive and it's only a cat/dog!!!" Sorry, getting wound up and I know I'm preaching to the choir.

Pete
post #38 of 59
To questions about de-clawing in Ontario.....I personaly would never ever declaw again.....Its been described to me to be the equivalent of cutting off our fingers at the lower last joint!!!!!
Go to Softclaws.com or softpaws.com.
They worked for me when nothing else would...they are plastic sheaths to glue on to Kitty's nail...and they are so cute in pink, purple....
post #39 of 59
I can't believe that anyone after understanding what is involved in declawing would go ahead with it. I personally cannot endure the idea of mutilating ANY animal in ANY way. It should be outlawed as inhumane. I also have to agree with some of the other replies to the person who said to ignore proven facts. There IS a difference between ignorance and stupidity. Ignorance is not knowing. Stupidity is knowing and disregarding it. I am sorry to be harsh but I am very opinionated when it comes to mistreatment of animals who can't defend themselves from us.
post #40 of 59
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Originally posted by buttercup429
I can't believe that anyone after understanding what is involved in declawing would go ahead with it. I personally cannot endure the idea of mutilating ANY animal in ANY way. It should be outlawed as inhumane. I also have to agree with some of the other replies to the person who said to ignore proven facts. There IS a difference between ignorance and stupidity. Ignorance is not knowing. Stupidity is knowing and disregarding it. I am sorry to be harsh but I am very opinionated when it comes to mistreatment of animals who can't defend themselves from us.
Buttercup,
Take a deep breath and calm down. You need to understand there are those you can educate and they will see the light while there are others who are blind and will NEVER see the light. They are the ones who feel "they are just cats", don't spend anymore than absolutely necessary to keep them alive, euthanize rather than treat and feel they are great pet owners. You can educate the intelligent ones; unfortunately there are a good number of the "others" who own "pets" and are probably responsible for 90% of the abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the shelters. While this is pathetic I feel it to be true and while we may have the best intentions we can't possibly save them all. Knowing that makes it a little easier to sleep at night (until we see the next cat/dog alongside the road).

Pete
post #41 of 59
It seems to me that I have alienated quite a few of youin my remarks regarding declawing. I am sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings.I love my kitty just as much as any of you who love theirs and wouldn't hurt her for anything.This little memo is just to say I'm sorry
post #42 of 59
Kathy70005,

Cut your finger off at the first nuckle, try and use those fingers immediately after the procedure and then tell me again not to believe anything we read about declawing. Oh, and by the way, it isn't us you should be apologizing to, it should be your cat.



Donna
post #43 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by kathy70005
It seems to me that I have alienated quite a few of youin my remarks regarding declawing. I am sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings.I love my kitty just as much as any of you who love theirs and wouldn't hurt her for anything.This little memo is just to say I'm sorry
I don't think you have alienated people as much as you have hit on a topic of strong passions both for and against. While some are plain rude in their expression of beliefs most here are not and I suggest you refrain from replying to those who choose to be rude as nothing will be accomplished. As for the issue at hand, facts are facts; the procedure used is amputation. If knowing what is done and how there are those who continue to have it performed well, what can I say? Diversity of life and beliefs is what makes the world go around and all I can do is hope this particular procedure will some day be illegal here as it is in other countries.

Pete
post #44 of 59
I want to apologize for my harsh words. Especially to Kathy 70005. I'm sure you are a very loving kitty mother and I had no right to say what I did. It was more about people in general than Kathy 70005. I didn't mean to be rude but I guess the more I read the other posts the more worked up I got. It seems declawing is a very volatile subject.
post #45 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by buttercup429
I want to apologize for my harsh words. Especially to Kathy 70005. I'm sure you are a very loving kitty mother and I had no right to say what I did. It was more about people in general than Kathy 70005. I didn't mean to be rude but I guess the more I read the other posts the more worked up I got. It seems declawing is a very volatile subject.
That it is and there are strong emotions on both sides of the issue. There is nothing wrong with being passionate in your beliefs; I would be more inclined to question them if you weren't! I tend to be less than kind myself when, in the face of facts, people still disagree with what I am saying. Oh well, another day is coming.

Pete
post #46 of 59
Hi Elinor,

I'm glad that you changed your mind about declawing and wanted to cast another vote for "Soft Paws." I use them on two of my cats and they're wonderful. The cat can still "scratch" but doesn't do any damage. They come in clear and colored forms and last between 6 - 8 weeks.
post #47 of 59
For your information HattKatts, I wasn't being rude. I was simply making a suggestion and stating a fact. Everyone here is entitled to their opinion, including me.
post #48 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by donna
For your information HattCat, I wasn't being rude. I was simply making a suggestion and stating a fact. Everyone here is entitled to their opinion, including me.
I don't believe I mentioned any names or specific posts and that was for a reason. Sorry if my post hit a nerve. Yes, we are all entitled to our opinions, even those with whom we disagree.
BTW My screen name is HattKatts, not HattCat but I prefer my name, which is Pete.

Pete
post #49 of 59
Okay PETE. I stand corrected.
post #50 of 59
you're right i love my kitty. If
I didn't want her rom the beginning. We adopted her from a groomer who takes in abused and abanded kitty's as well as dogs. She was abanded and it has taken several monrhs for her to half way warm up. She's getting there but thru a lot more TLC she and Iwill make it. So you see i do love her
post #51 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by HattKatts
...what is your method of bathing; drowning?
Pete
Colorful, Pete. There's no mistaking your opinion on this issue. You have a well-appreciated way with words.
post #52 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by Deb25


Colorful, Pete. There's no mistaking your opinion on this issue. You have a well-appreciated way with words.
Thanks, Deb; some issues strike a nerve and this was one of them.

Pete
post #53 of 59
my kitty Clarise seems to love water. How would I go about bathing her and what should Iuse? I know you violently disagree Mr. Pete on declawing but how about bathing. Is it really neccessaty?
post #54 of 59
Quote:
Originally posted by kathy70005
My kitty Clarise seems to love water. How would I go about bathing her and what should I use? I know you violently disagree Mr. Pete on declawing but how about bathing. Is it really necessary?
My God, I'm getting a reputation I don't feel I deserve! Oh well. BTW, it's just Pete. As for bathing a cat I would be interested to know WHY you want to bathe it. If it is a show cat, has fleas, ringworm or some other reason then I understand; if not, then bathing is often not necessary. Once in a while to rid the fur of dander or dirt is fine but unless there is a need most cats keep themselves pretty clean and bathing is not a necessity. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with bathing a cat but if you have never tried it you are in for a unique experience, to say the least. As for what you should use, much of that depends upon the breed of cat (if you don't know, then is it long hair or short?), it's color and why you are bathing it. Answer those questions and I can more intelligently answer your question. I don't mean to be flippant but for me those questions determine what to use for bathing your cat.

Pete
post #55 of 59
There's a whole big long thread around here somewhere about bathing cats. It will probably answer all the questions you ever wanted to know and then some.
post #56 of 59
I'm just asking. this is the first orange and ehite kitty(clarise) I've had. I just noticed how much she enjoys the water and wats ro get in the bath tub with me,
thank you Mr. Pete
post #57 of 59
Kayju:

Here's link to the bathing thread. Plenty of suggestions there.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...=&threadid=527
post #58 of 59
There is also an article about it in the grooming section:
http://www.thecatsite.com/grooming/bath.html
post #59 of 59
Thank you, Ladies, for posting the links on bathing. With everything available at those sites I'm sure all the questions will be answered.

Pete
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